If you're bored on Saturday in September 2022 (exact date to be announced!) and live near one of the thousands of participating museums, then you should take advantage of the annual Free Museum Admission Day! This annual free event grants free general admission for two people each to hundreds of museums nationwide.
The exact date should be announced during spring or summer 2022. Then tickets are usually released a month in advance and you can download one ticket per email address. Once tickets are released, enter your name, email address and confirm the museum you wish to attend before downloading your ticket. You’ll be able to download your ticket immediately and they'll also email you a copy. Check your inbox for an email from [email protected] with a link to your ticket.
You can't download a ticket for more than one museum, so pick wisely! There are no takebacks or edits allowed – however, since they check by email, you can always use another email if you change your mind.
Some museums require a printed ticket while others will allow you to show it via smartphone. To find out which, just look on your ticket.
If you have children and want to know if your child counts as one of the free admissions, check with the specific museums. Basically, if admission to the museum is typically free for children, then the museum will not count your child as your Museum Day guest. But if the museum normally charges admission for children, then your child will count as one of your Museum Day guests. Remember, a single ticket provides general admission for the named ticket holder plus one guest.
It's rather impressive how many museums, zoos, and cultural institutions the Smithsonian has convinced to participate across the country, but don't let me influence your opinion. I get impressed easily. I once saw a dog wearing sun glasses then spent 10 minutes begging for his autograph.
So go! Venture out and soak in the free knowledge, culture, and enlightenment! Let me know how you enjoyed your free experience in the comments.